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Smithfield hires town manager, considers merging EMS with county

Posted March 19, 2012

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— The Smithfield Town Council is considering major changes to the way the town is run, including the hiring of a new town manager and mulling the future of its emergency services.

Nearly a year after former Town Manager Eric Williams was terminated amid allegations he handed out unauthorized raises, Paul Sabiston has accepted the manger position.

He is expected to start April 16, but the council still has to vote to finalize his hire. That vote is expected in early April.

Sabiston recently resigned from his position as city manager of Boiling Spring Lakes in Brunswick County after signing a $95,000 contract with the Town of Smithfield.

Smithfield is also looking into the possibility of merging its EMS with Johnston County EMS to save money. The council has formed a subcommittee, which meets for the first time at 6:30 p.m. Monday, to examine the best option for the town's EMS.

The meeting, in the Town Hall board room, is open to the public.

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  • Disabled Vet Mar 19, 2012

    It only makes sense to merge Smithfield EMS with the county. It would better serve both Smithfield and the county both with funding and staffing.